Dead Island takes No. 1 spot in UK chart

Zombie kill-fest enters the chart at the top; beats out Space Marine and Resistance 3

Despite lackluster reviews, Deep Silver’s Dead Island has taken the top spot in the official weekly UK game charts.

Dead Island is one of three new entires in the top five of the chart with THQ’s Warhammer 40k: Space Marine debuting in the UKIE sales list at No. 2.

Ubisoft’s latest title – Driver: San Francisco – drops one place to No. 3 whilst Sony’s Resistance 3 makes it in at No. 4 in the multiplatform chart.

Last week’s No. 1 – Deus Ex: Human Revolution – drops down the list to No. 5.

Whilst proving to be a success amongst consumers, Dead Island struggled to make a good impression on critics, receiving a largely mixed reception.

Though the game was originally revealed at E3 2006, its release was pushed back to 2011 due to development issues.

One critic of the game in particular is controversial magazine, Edge.

According to their review, Dead Island bares all the hallmarks of a game conceived in 2005, pinching ideas from Left4Dead, Borderlands and Oblivion. The review continues to argue that “only Banoi Island itself remains Techland’s own”.

Edge’s relentless criticism of the game progresses, saying it is “complete with all the texture, audio and animation glitches we’ve come to expect” from Technland’s Chrome Engine.

The game has already faced a number of issues following its release.

Publisher Deep Silver first posted the incorrect version of the game on Steam, leading to the release of the game’s first patch which corrected over 40 different bugs.

As a result, numerous gamers were left fuming after their game’s save file became incompatible with the updated version of the game, leaving them with no choice but to start over.

Developers of the game came under fire again when a Steam user uncovered an alternative name for one of the playable character’s (Purna) skills entitled – “Feminist Whore”.

Whilst the skill itself did not feature within the game, developers left it within the game’s code which was subsequently found.

Deep Silver addressed the issue, stating “It has come to our attention that one of Dead Island’s leftover debug files contains a highly inappropriate internal script name of one of the character skills. This has been inexcusably overlooked and released with the game.”

“The line in question was something a programmer considered a private joke.”

The company have since addressed the issue by removing the offending code and issuing an apology, saying “We deeply regret that fact and we apologize to all our customers or anyone who might have been offended by that inappropriate expression. The person responsible for this unfortunate situation will face professional consequences for violating the professional standards and beliefs Techland stands for.”

Whilst the game still faces a mediocre reception from critics and resolves its numerous in-game issues, its popularity continues to grow with gamers.

Here’s the full UK top ten for the week ending September 10:

1. Dead Island (Deep Silver)
2. Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine (THQ)
3. Driver: San Francisco (Ubisoft)
4. Resistance 3 (Sony)
5. Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Square Enix)
6. Zumba Fitness
7. Rugby World Cup 2011 (505 Games)
8. Lego Pirates of the Caribbean (Disney)
9. Star Fox 64 (Nintendo)
10. Gran Turismo 5 (Sony)

Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C)2011 UKIE Ltd

[Source: Tracey John]

Greg Lockley





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